Israel’s South Flooded with Booby-Trapped Balloons Launched from Gaza

By Aryeh Savir/TPS • 4 February 2020
Photo by Majdi Fathi/TPS

Gaza-based terrorists on Monday launched dozens of balloons connected to explosive charges which flew to several locations throughout Israel’s south.

In the Eshkol region, adjacent the Strip, balloon clusters landed at three different locations. One exploded in midair, and another two landed and were neutralized by police sappers.

Another balloon tied to an explosive charge landed in the Merchavim area and a sapper was dispatched to the site.

An explosive device tied to a balloon landed in a backyard of a home in Kfar Azza.

Booby-trapped balloons also landed in the cities of Sderot and Kiryat Gat. Several explosions were heard in Kiryat Gat.

Another explosive charge landed near Sa’ad Junction in the south. The road was closed until the police cleared the bomb.

Train traffic in the south was halted for a short while due to the attacks.

No one was injured in any of the attacks and no damage was caused. However, explosions were heard throughout the south as many of the charges exploded in midair.

The IDF did not respond to any of the attacks, and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett has remained silent in recent days after expressing forceful views on taking action against the terrorists in Gaza.

Israel’s south had seen a significant escalation in the attacks from Gaza in the past few weeks with the renewed launch of balloons attached to explosive charges, and the intensification of rocket fire in recent days.

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned to haunt Israel’s residents in the south in the past weeks after several months in which such attacks from Gaza ceased. Over 60 such explosive charges have landed in Israeli territory in the past two weeks. No one was injured in the attacks.